MAN-icures and More: Not Your Usual Father’s Day Ideas

It’s that time of year again, ladies — it’s time to treat your man. Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we’re daring to introduce a radical suggestion for Dad’s holiday: send him to the spa. While he may not enjoy a full day of pampering, these ideas for spa time for men combine a little indulgence with plenty of masculine appeal. Whether your father or husband is most comfortable teeing off on the back nine, sailing the high seas, or soaking in a cedar sauna, he’ll love these Father’s Day getaway packages almost as much as he loves you. And after all, he’s earned it.

Father’s Day ideas for Woodsy Dads

The Common Man Inn & Spa in Plymouth, NH, is a manly man’s sanctuary. With lodge-like lux fit for a modern lumberjack, he’ll love the exposed beams and crackling fireplaces. The spa for men offers a ‘Just For Him’ package that includes a deep tissue massage, a facial, and Happy Feet, their signature foot treatment that includes a mineral mud pedicure. He may be the last to admit it, but his feet could undoubtedly use some attention. Nearby outdoor activities like rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing are perfect for the more adventurous of fathers, and the Jacuzzi will help him soak out even the sorest of muscles.

Massachusetts Golf at Cranwell Resort; gift idea for Dad

For the Golf-fiend Father

For the dad that spells happiness with “g-o-l-f,” Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club in Lenox, MA, takes the cake for best Father’s Day pun, with their spot-on “Man-icure” package. All jokes aside, this Berkshires resort is the perfect getaway for dads whose golf clubs are never far from reach. Cranwell’s legendary 18-hole golf course has been an institution in men’s sport and recreation since the Gilded Age — and receives it’s own share of manicuring on a regular basis. Reserve him a lesson or turn him loose on his own, then treat him to the men’s spa for a relaxing afternoon. A deep tissue massage will ease the tension in his back from all that swinging, and a facial will work wonders on his grimace muscles (which may have gotten a workout after some poor putting).

For the Seafaring Sailor Dad

The Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay, Maine, is the best choice for the fathers with a fondness for the seas. Set among serene flora in a forest of grand fir trees, this is classic coastal New England. There are plenty of opportunities for sailing, kayaking, and fishing, and hopefully, he won’t add “shiver me timbers” and “aye” to his vocabulary permanently. The inn’s ‘Just for Him’ package includes a mini-manicure, a much-needed indulgence indeed after a morning negotiating with the tides. Pack his bag complete with that old copy of Moby Dick. It’s about time he finishes it.

Sailing in Maine — Father's Day ideas at Spruce Point Inn

For the Beach Bums (even temporarily)

Fathers needing a break from the city without much travel should look no further than the Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook, CT. This stately Connecticut beach resort faces the Long Island Sound, and the spa for men comes complete with facials, manicures, and massages. Ideal for beachcombers, long walkers, and for fathers who are happiest with a reclining beach chair and expansive seaside views. Their Father’s Day Brunch is always a good idea, and assures that even Dad won’t possibly head home hungry.

Equinox Resort Land Rover Driving School, Father's Day idea

For the Off-roading, Skeet-shooting, and Fly-fishing Fathers

In the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains, the Equinox Resort offers a quintessential golf and spa package, along with a range of activities to keep your man feeling, well, manly. If his idea of fun is high octane and adventurous, send him off for a morning of target shooting with seasoned pros, an afternoon of fly-fishing with a master angler, or even a day tearing around the woods at the Land Rover Experience Driving School, where mountainous obstacles test Dad’s grit behind the wheel. Lessons can be booked by the hour, but it might be best to go a bit longer considering you’ll want that sort of driving out of his system by the time he gets back on the highway.

At the end of the day, you know your man best. Match him up with one of these varied Father’s Day ideas and let him know what he means to you. Also, feel free to let him know the garage needs to be cleaned next weekend, and remind him more and more of how wonderful his Father’s Day was when Mother’s Day approaches.

Photos: Cranwell Resort and Golf Club; Spruce Point Inn; Equinox Resort.